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Is Anybody There? -- A ten-year-old boy and a retired magician strike up an unlikely friendship which helps them both remember that magic is possible when life is lived to its fullest.
Is Anybody There? -- A drama set in a seaside English town circa 1987, which charts the unlikely friendship that develops between an acerbic old performer and the death-obsessed young son of the home’s overwhelmed owners.


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Release Date:
15 May 2009 (USA) See more »
Set in 1980s seaside England, this is the story of Edward, an unusual ten year old boy growing up in an old people's home run by his parents... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
John Crowley 
Writing credits
Peter Harness (written by)

Produced by
Rosie Alison .... co-producer
David Heyman .... producer
Mark Hubbard .... line producer
Christine Langan .... executive producer
Peter Saraf .... producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Marc Turtletaub .... producer
Original Music by
Joby Talbot 
Cinematography by
Rob Hardy 
Film Editing by
Trevor Waite 
Casting by
Fiona Weir 
Production Design by
Kave Quinn 
Art Direction by
Lynne Huitson 
Set Decoration by
Gemma Ryan 
Costume Design by
Jane Petrie 
Makeup Department
Fae Hammond .... hair designer
Fae Hammond .... makeup designer
Belinda Parish .... additional hair stylist
Belinda Parish .... additional makeup artist
Gemma Richards .... hair stylist
Gemma Richards .... makeup artist
Gemma Richardson .... hair stylist: crowd dailies
Gemma Richardson .... makeup artist: crowd dailies
Karen Sherriff-Brown .... hair stylist (as Karen Sheriff-Brown)
Karen Sherriff-Brown .... makeup artist (as Karen Sheriff-Brown)
Production Management
Tania Blunden .... post-production supervisor (as Tania Windsor Blunden)
Alice Dawson .... production manager
Amie Tridgell .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Gill .... additional crowd third assistant director
Heidi Gower .... third assistant director
Martin Harrison .... first assistant director
Chris Stoaling .... second assistant director
Art Department
Paul Bowring .... construction manager
Keith Connolly .... stand by painter
Garry Dawson .... stand-by props
Kevin Day .... stand-by props
James Enright .... props
Gavin Grant .... props
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist
Dean Lee .... trainee props (2008)
Loretta Lipworth .... art department trainee
Chris Lunney .... graphic designer
James Mannell .... props
Steve Register .... property master
Oliver Roberts .... stand-by art director
Dorothy Sullivan .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Oliver Brierley .... adr mixer
Alex Fielding .... mix technician
Arthur Graley .... foley editor
Nigel Heath .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Dan Morgan .... supervising adr & dialogue editor
Paul Munro .... boom operator
Colin Nicolson .... sound recordist
Marc Sampson .... sound trainee
Julian Slater .... supervising sound editor
Chris Sturmer .... sound consultant: dolby
Jessica Ward .... assistant sound editor
Ross Wissbaum .... adr recordist
Mark Wyllie .... recording & mixing engineer
Nick Foley .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
James Davis III .... special effects senior technician
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects technician
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
Chris Reynolds .... senior special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Matthew Bristowe .... digital lab producer: MPC
Kelly Bruce .... compositor
James Cundill .... online editor
Philip Greenlow .... visual effects coordinator
Charley Henley .... visual effects supervisor
Jeremy Hey .... digital compositor
Max Horton .... digital colourist
Michael Illingworth .... visual effects artist
Begoña Lopez .... digital lab producer: MPC
Sona Pak .... visual effects producer
Chris Shaw .... visual effects set supervisor
Giuseppe Tagliavini .... digital compositor: MPC
Pat Wintersgill .... online editor
Nick Chopping .... stunt double
Bradley Farmer .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Baker .... Steadicam operator
Richie Donnelly .... first assistant camera
Alan Hall .... first assistant camera
Graham Hall .... camera: b
Daniel Laviada .... grip: dailies
Chloë Thomson .... assistant camera
Roger Tooley .... camera operator: "b" camera/Steadicam
Nick Wall .... unit & specials photographer
Lee Walters .... gaffer
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Ruth Key .... casting assistant
Alice Searby .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Beale .... costume assistant
Anne T. Delaney .... costume maker
Lucy Donowho .... costume assistant
Rachael Forde .... wardrobe trainee
Poli Kyriacou .... costume buyer
Richard Sale .... assistant costume designer
James Smith .... dresser: Michael Caine (as Jim Smith)
Julie Telfer .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Nina Bradley .... assistant editor
Faye Morgan .... post-production coordinator (as Faye Stevens)
Music Department
Alison Butters .... music clearance
Peter Clarke .... preview music editor
Ben Foster .... orchestrator
Dave Foster .... music preparation
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Matthew Richard Harris .... composer: additional music
Catherine Manners .... music score coordinator
Wendy Nieper .... piano consultant
Wendy Nieper .... singing consultant
Joby Talbot .... conductor
Joby Talbot .... music arranger
Paul Thomson .... composer: stock music
Mark Wyllie .... recording & mixing engineer
Transportation Department
Steve Hammick .... driver: stand-by prop truck
Other crew
Danielle Bennett .... floor runner
Sam Blackmore .... floor runner
Oliver Butler .... base runner
Michael B. Clark .... assistant to producer
Valentina Coccia .... production coordinator
Jonah Coombes .... location manager
Paul Dray .... laboratory liaison
Jon Duncan .... production accountant
Scott Eaton .... assistant production coordinator
Dorothee Freytag .... location assistant
Adrian Hubbard .... production runner
Diana Lander .... unit nurse
Jill McCullough .... dialect coach
Daniele Tate Melia .... assistant: producer
Sharon Milton .... tutor
Paul Murphy .... assistant accountant
Shailini Vijay Naik .... production assistant
Claire Oakley .... assistant to director
Sylvia Parker .... script supervisor
Scott Penrose .... magic consultant
Benjamin Perkins .... chaperone
Mike Phillips .... head of physical production
James Smith .... personal assistant: Michael Caine (as Jim Smith)
Serena Tona-Wade .... runner
Liam Winn .... runner
Oliver Wiseman .... assistant: David Heyman
Charlotte Wright .... location scout
Josh Yudkin .... assistant location manager
Luke Alkin .... special thanks
Jeb Brody .... special thanks
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... special thanks (as Jackie Eckhouse)
Mrs. Ros Garrow .... special thanks
Tricia Newman .... thanks
John Sloss .... special thanks
Elizabeth Spriggs .... in memory of
Sacha Wares .... extra special thanks
Jane Wright .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Is There Anybody There?" - Canada (English title) (festival title)
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Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, and some disturbing images
94 min
Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Ireland:12A | Singapore:PG | UK:12A | USA:PG-13
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Leslie Phillips spoke out against this film after is was released, as he said it had been completely changed from the story he and the other elderly actors were making about an old people's home, in order to concentrate on the relationship between Michael Caine and the boy.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Some think the father's mustache at the party is a continuity error as he shaved it off that morning. However, it is a fancy dress party and the father is clearly wearing a fake mustache to go with his costume.See more »
Edward:[about death] I'm not scared. I just want to know what happens.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "One Man and His Dog" (1976)See more »
I'm in the Mood for LoveSee more »


Is "Is Anybody There?" based on a novel?
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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Naivety and wisdom all rolled into one, 25 May 2009
Author: Jerome from United Kingdom

Not knowing what to expect of this film we were pleasantly surprised, relieved in fact. One critic had rated it as 'morbid' – just what we needed on a bank holiday afternoon – when in fact it was quite uplifting.

There was no waiting around, Cowley took the audience directly to the sitting room of the elderly peoples home. You didn't know whether to laugh or cry at the antics of some of the elderly residents – an ex-dancer, a drunkard, war veteran – who, as interesting as they looked, were never discussed in much detail. They were 'props', clichés or as Edward would put it, 'pains in the backside'.

Indeed, we are made to see the residents as Edward did. Their antics are in fact, annoyances, enough to drive a wedge between him and his parents. Edward, who celebrates his 11th birthday in the film, is focused solely on finding out what happens after death. He played the part beautifully with such naivety and sincerity.

The arrival of Clarence to the home would change Edward more than he would think and vice versa. It was nice to see the relationship grow between the two. For the very first time, Edward would begin to look upon one of the residents as a grandfather figure, someone who would teach him new tricks and to live for the living, not for the dead. Not only did Clarence become a grandfather to Edward but also a friend. There are some great snapshots throughout of the two of them.

Overall, it was a nice film that taught us to live for the moment and that regrets can eat you up inside. It also reveals truths about residential homes: 'you live all your life on your own and then someone thinks it's a good idea to put you with complete strangers'. We must remember that despite having their age in common, elderly people are all unique and should be treated so. Despite being set in the 1980's, the colours and styles all depicting this era wonderfully, these 'lessons in life' are as true today as they were back then.

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